In fiction writing, authors create dynamic characters by many methods, almost always by using their imagination. Jenna Blum in The Author at Work described three ways of creating vivid characters:
A magic character comes into the author's head and "lives there", sometimes "dictates their story" to the author.
A borrowed character is created by taking an emblematic quality or character trait from a real person, plugging that trait into a fictional situation, and then the author uses imagination to transform the character into a unique construct.
A made-up character is created from the "ground up", often starting from expediency as a two-dimensional creation which the author then tries to get to know better, sometimes by adding trouble and conflict
We will look at our character creation process, what type of character we usually make and make a character by examining the "life" of the character that shapes them prior to our stories.